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May 7, 2024

For this show I ask my friend with Brian Callahan, small vineyard farmer and co-owner of Crux Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma (the Middle Reach though – the warmer part, so they do Rhône varietals) to tell us what a year in a Sonoma vineyard looks like. He takes us through what he has been doing for the...

May 1, 2024

These categories of "better for the earth" wines are technical, tricky, and ever-evolving, so I felt that it was time to do a comprehensive update!


In this show, I do best to break it all down in as simple a way as possible…I cover:

  • Biodynamics
  • Organics
  • Sustainable farming
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • And then,...

Ep 517: Wines that are worth the splurge

Apr 16, 2024

Tax Day in the US has come and gone. Many of us are getting a refund, so if you have a little extra change, here are some great wines to consider.


A few on the list are...

  • Burgundy in red and white: Pinot and Chard
  • Pomerol in Bordeaux
  • Syrah from The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater in Walla Walla Washington
  • Old...

Apr 9, 2024

This week friend, listener, Patron, and wine diva @wineshenanigans and the wine game show @Wineopardy Monica G. joins to  talk with me about wines made by celebrities, aka Celebrity Wines. We run through what they are, how many of them are made and then we discuss specifics. We wrap with our analysis of whether or not...

Apr 2, 2024

Inspired by a question from friend and Patron Amy Payton, this week I cover the history of oak barrels. I go from animal skins in Mesopatamia to modern day barrels, talking about how winemakers decided that oak was the best vessel for wine. I answer her follow up questions too -- How are barrels obtained by winemakers?...